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The Victim Advocate for the Brentwood Police Department is Amy Crossland. Ms. Crossland has over six years of experience working in the criminal justice system, a majority of which was in the District Attorney’s Office serving as the Assistant Victim Witness Coordinator for Williamson County. During this time, she served victims and witnesses of crimes, including: domestic violence, home invasions, robberies, thefts, rape and sexual abuse, vehicular homicides, and murders. Services she provided included assessment of needs, counseling, education and support throughout the court process, advocacy for vulnerable populations, referral to needed services, and coordination with community providers to ensure victim protection and safety. Ms. Crossland is passionate about serving, educating, and supporting victims, witnesses, and survivors of crime. 

Amy Crossland
Victim Advocate
Amy Crossland

Ms. Crossland is currently an Assistant Professor at Lipscomb University in the Department of Social Work and Sociology.  Her passion for helping victims and those in need led her to work pro bono for the Brentwood Police Department as the first and only Victim Advocate for the department.  In this role, Ms. Crossland contacts those who have been victims of crime in the City of Brentwood and who may be especially vulnerable.  She aids these special victims in assessing their needs, navigating through the court process, and helping those that may need additional services such as counseling.    

The Brentwood Police Department is fortunate to have an experienced victim advocate who volunteers her time.

 

Victim’s Rights are mandated by Title 40, Chapter 38 of the Tennessee State Law and Article I Sec. 35 of the Tennessee Constitution. Members of the Brentwood Police Department shall be familiar with the Tennessee Victims’ Bill of Rights (T.C.A. Title 40 Chapter 38 Part I) and the Rights of Victims of Crimes (Tennessee Constitution Article I Sec. 35) and shall treat all victims of crime, and witnesses, with compassion and dignity, and shall afford them all rights set forth in these laws.

Rights of victims of crimes – Tennessee Constitution Article I Sec. 35

To preserve and protect the rights of victims of crime to justice and due process, victims shall be entitled to the following basic rights:

  • The right to confer with the prosecution.
  • The right to be free from intimidation, harassment and abuse throughout the criminal justice system.
  • The right to be present at all proceedings where the defendant has the right to be present.
  • The right to be heard, when relevant, at all critical stages of the criminal justice process as defined by General Assembly.
  • The right to be informed of all proceedings, and of the release, transfer or escape of the accused or convicted person.
  • The right to a speedy trial or disposition and a prompt and final conclusion of the case after the conviction or sentence.
  • The right to restitution from the offender.
  • The right to be informed of each of the rights established for victims.

VICTIM/WITNESS SERVICE AGENCIES

  • Brentwood Police Department
    5211 Maryland Way
    P. O. Box 788
    Brentwood, Tennessee 37024-0788
    371-0160
    Assistance/Services
    • Criminal investigations
    • Transportation for victim/witness if necessary
    • Protection of victim/witnesses if necessary
    • Contact point for referral to other service agencies
    • District Attorney's Office
  • Victim/Witness Coordinator's Office
    P. O. Box 937
    Franklin, Tennessee 37065
    District Attorney 794-7275
    Victim/Witness Coordinator – Stokey Bourke 790-4433
    Assistance/Services
    • Assistance in preparation for court appearance
    • Case coordination between all parties and agencies involved
    • Assistance in obtaining financial restitution
    • Referral to other service agencies for assistance
      Travel and accommodations as necessary for victim/witnesses
  • Williamson County Department of Children Services
    P. O. Box 680909
    203-B Beasley Drive
    Franklin, Tennessee 37064
    790-5965
    Assistance/Services
    • Matters involving neglect/abuse of minors
    • Placement of minor victims into care and custody
    • Referral to other service agencies for assistance
  • The Guidance Center
    1915 Columbia Avenue
    Franklin, Tennessee 37064
    794-9973
    Assistance/Services
    • Mental health counseling and support
    • Referral to other service agencies for assistance
  • My Friends House
    620 East View Circle
    Franklin, Tennessee 37064
    790-8919 or 790-8553
    Assistance/Services
    • Shelter for Abused and Neglected Kids
  • American Red Cross
    Director: Susan Shreve
    129 W. Fowlkes St. STE 100
    Franklin, Tennessee 37064
    790-5785
    944-9335 (Emergency Only- on call crisis team)
    Assistance/Services
    • Immediate emergency assistance such as food, clothing, temporary shelter and medicine for persons affected by disaster
  • Williamson County General Sessions/Circuit Court Clerks
    Williamson County Courthouse
    135 4th Avenue South
    Franklin, Tennessee 37064
    790-5454
    Assistance/Services
    • Court and trial related information
  • Williamson County Juvenile Services
    Criminal Justice Center
    408 Century Court
    Franklin, Tennessee 37064
    790-5812
    Assistance/Services
    • All matters involving juvenile offenders
  • Department of Treasury
    Division of Claims Administration
    Criminal Injuries Compensation
    9th Floor, Andrew Jackson Building
    Nashville, Tennessee 37219
    741-2734
    Assistance/Services
    • Financial compensation for innocent victims of violent crimes
  • Rape and Sexual Abuse Center
    101 French Landing Dr
    Nashville, Tennessee 37228
    24 Hour Crisis Line
    1-800-879-1999
    259-9055
    Assistance/Services
    • Counsel and support for rape victims
    • Assistance in reporting rape to law enforcement
  • YWCA Shelter and Domestic Violence Program
    1608 Woodmont Blvd.
    Nashville, Tennessee 37215
    State Hotline
    1-800-356-6767
    242-1199
    Assistance/Services
    • Counseling, support, and shelter for domestic violence victims

 

Last updated: 3/27/2014 1:14:49 PM